Embrace the summer sun and enjoy classes and events for children and families. 

Children's Classes

Summer Sports!

Join the incredible coaches from HERO Kids Sports as they take your child through a multitude of sports. Run around during track and field one day, score a goal in soccer the next and top off the season by learning to cradle during lacrosse!

Chess Challengers - Summer Edition

Up your child's chess game this summer! Taught by US Women's Chess Champion Sharon Burtman, this chess class is designed for new players and advanced beginners.

Upcoming Events, Meetups & More

July 27
Back by popular demand, join us for PJ Library Playground Hop! Each week we will explore new playgrounds and splash pads in our community! No...
July 27

Let's cool off, have fun, and meet other families on Tuesday mornings as we explore various area playgrounds with splash pads and water play!...

August 3

Back by popular demand, join us for PJ Library Playground Hop! Each week we will explore new playgrounds and splash pads in our community!...

August 3

Let's cool off, have fun, and meet other families on Tuesday mornings as we explore various area playgrounds with splash pads and water play!...

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Classes & Events for Grown Ups

Baking, parent gatherings, fitness and more to support you and your family.

Let's Party!

Birthday parties at JCC Greater Boston are fun, creative, active, and completely tailored to meet your needs.

Early Parenting Support and Classes

Explore what the JCC has to offer for new parents.

Meet Your Expert Instructors & Staff

Joelle Schatz
Head of Family Programming

Joelle has been a part of the JCC Greater Boston community since 2012. Her three children attended the Godine Early Learning Center where she served as co-chair of the Parent-Teacher Connection before joining the JCC staff as an Account Director in the Marketing Department. As Head of Family Programming since 2019, Joelle enjoys connecting with families and supporting them with enrichment classes, birthday parties, special events, holiday celebrations, after-school programming, early parenting, and so much more. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Art History and ran local and national programming for adults, children, and families at several museums, galleries, and non-profits in Washington, DC, before moving back to the Boston area. She lives in Needham with her family.

Liane Weber
Family Program Director

Liane Weber has been working at JCC Greater Boston since 2014 and has most recently led the remote-day learning support program, J All Day during the 2020-2021 school year. She has experience with elementary-aged children in outside-of-school environments for over 10 years and loves to create activities aimed at engaging students in enrichment, academic support, physical and social-emotional development learning objectives. She loves designing programs that create a warm and nurturing community of students, parents and teachers. She has her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Education and lives in Arlington with her family.

Sarah Herrick
Family Program Manager

Sarah has been working in after school programming since 2016, and has experience in traditional and nontraditional educational environments. She holds a B.S. in Criminology & Justice Studies from UMass Lowell and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Instructional Technology & Design from Quinnipiac University. She is passionate about creating programming and environments where everyone feels included and encouraged to grow and learn. In her downtime, you can find Sarah reading a book, petting as many dogs as she can, or relaxing by the beach.
 

Shirah Hill-Cohen
Family Program Coordinator

Shirah is a graduate of Skidmore College where she studied Health and Exercise Science. She is a fluent Hebrew speaker and has taught English as a teaching fellow in Israel. She also served as a counselor and Sports Director at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania for many summers. In her work at the JCC since 2019, Shirah has enjoyed teaching virtual classes in science and engineering, and connecting with hundreds of families for enrichment classes, birthday parties, Virtual Study Buddies, Discovery Club and more.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess

Sharon is the 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion.  Sharon attended Rhode Island College on a full chess and academic scholarship.  She also competed in two Women's World Chess Championships.  Sharon has over 30 years teaching experience, and was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Chess Association Education Expo in 2014 and 2015. She also performs an annual (multi-station) exhibition at the Boston Museum of Science. Sharon is looking forward to continuing her classes this season!

Ellie Cody
Instructor & Virtual Study Buddy

Ellie is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her degree in the History of Art and Architecture. She was a Group Leader in the JCC's Discovery After School Club and is currently a teacher for the JCC's Virtual Enrichment program, for which she has taught History of Activism, Introductory Spanish, and Tiny House Workshop, and will be teaching more new classes this fall. Ellie has a background as a one-on-one tutor for language arts, writing, history, and ESL, and has experience working with children on the spectrum, with attention challenges, and varying levels of anxiety. Her teaching method is focused on meeting the specific needs of each individual student, and ensuring that the students feel heard and supported.

Adam Ellis
Instructor, Science

Adam is a 20-year veteran teacher who loves inspiring children to learn. Adam’s comical nature and contagious interest in learning gets children excited to experiment with all types of hands on STEM projects.

HERO Kids Sports
Coaches

HERO Kids Sports offers specialized sports instruction utilizing biometric exercises that will promote the development of gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance and spatial awareness. Kids are taught sports fundamentals, sportsmanship, and the values of teamwork as well as the importance of nutrition and empowering healthy lifestyle choices. Children form positive habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives. "Inspiring the HERO Inside!"

Halle Katz
Instructor, Dance

Halle's passion for dance began at a young age. As a child who often dreamed of starring on Broadway, Halle quickly fell in love with genres that bring dynamic movement, music and personality to people's lives. In the years since, Halle has designed, performed and choreographed for programs across universities, colleges, summer camps, and event companies in order to support dancers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Halle teaches all types of dance including international, hip hop, creative movement and more.

Julie Middleton
Instructor, Art

As an undergraduate Julie studied both Art History and English Literature at Ithaca College.  After receiving her degree, Julie furthered her education at Tufts University, earning a Certificate of Museum Studies with a concentration in Museum Education.  Julie went on to work in the Education Departments of both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she created and implemented programs and public tours that helped visitors of all ages look at, think about, and discuss art. Julie is the mother of two children and is always working to find fun, new, and creative ways to introduce art and art history into their lives and believes it is never to early to start learning to look at and discuss art. She uses her enthusiasm and experiences to run Artful Playdates, an art appreciation program for kids ages 4 and up.

Super Soccer Stars
Coaches

Set in a fun, non-competitive environment, Super Soccer Stars offers the nation’s most popular children’s soccer program for kids ages 1 and up that introduces them to the fundamentals of soccer through creative programming and imaginative games. Backed by 20 years of experience, Super Soccer Stars offers a unique, age-specific curriculum that is crafted to improve soccer skills, build self-confidence, and develop socialization skills.

Questions? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org.